Wide receiver Chase Claypool has played his last game with the Chicago Bears.
Claypool has been away from the team since the team instructed him not to be present for their game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and general manager Ryan Poles’ comments about the situation all but confirmed that Claypool will not be returning to the team.
It’s important to remember that the Bears have yet to officially release Claypool. Claypool was inactive for the Bears’ game against the Washington Commanders and while there was an expectation that the wide receiver’s release would be the corresponding move once Teven Jenkins was activated, it was veteran quarterback Nathan Peterman who was cut instead.
Chase Claypool’s time with the Chicago Bears was a disappointment and should be a concern of General Manager Ryan Poles.
Though, it wouldn’t be a complete shock if Peterman returns once the Bears have a resolution on Claypool’s status.
At this point, it would seem unlikely that the Bears will be able to find a suitor in a potential trade of Claypool. The Bears had very little leverage in potential trade talks involving Claypool to begin with and Poles’ latest comments likely will lead to teams just waiting to take a flier on the wide receiver once he is released.
The ending of Claypool’s time with the Bears should serve as another warning sign for Poles’ talent evaluation.
The Pittsburgh Steelers fleeced Poles last season at the NFL Trade Deadline when they leveraged the Green Bay Packers against the Bears and received a second-round pick that ultimately became a first-round pick. The issue is not that Poles wanted to trade for Claypool as there was definitely a flier that should have been taken but the lack of foresight to not know the value of the second-round pick should be a concern of the Bears’ general manager.